ONS: 29 June 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 29, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libyan elections commission announced it will need around two weeks to count the votes of last week’s parliamentary election and publish final results.
  • AMERICAS: New foreign investment law in Cuba went into effect in a bid to attract more foreign capital for development.
  • ASIA: Philippine security authorities said they have issued a terror alert in the country’s southern Mindanao region due to the “possible infiltration” of terrorists.
  • EUROPE: President Poroshenko has enlisted support from the leaders of Germany and France for a call to Vladimir Putin as a ceasefire deadline looms and after pro-Russian rebels released more European monitors.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi Defense Ministry reports the first batch of the Sukhoi combat aircrafts has arrived in Iraq from Russia; expected to enter service against ISIS rebels within days.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A team of Google executives, including Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, is visiting Cuba to promote open Internet, according to a dissident blogger.

 

TOP STORY

  • Hong Kong: Voting ends in unofficial referendum on electoral reform that has angered Beijing
    • An unofficial referendum on making the selection of Hong Kong’s chief executive more democratic has attracted votes equal to more than a fifth of the city’s electorate, organizers said on Sunday, its final day.
    • More than 770,000 people in the semi-autonomous territory have voted in the 10-day poll on how Hong Kong’s next leader should be chosen.
    • Chinese state media dismissed the ballot as “an illegal farce”.
    • Organizers expect 500,000 people to attend rally on Tuesday against Beijing.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The Egyptian military appears to have backtracked on claims that it has invented a “miraculous” cure for AIDS, HIV and hepatitis C, saying its devices will need a further six months of testing. (Guardian)
  • Libya: Elections commission announced it will need around two weeks to count the votes of last week’s parliamentary election and publish final results. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Police have arrested one suspect in connection with Friday’s deadly attack on a hotel in the red light district in Bauchi, State Police Commissioner Shehu said. (DPA)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Police fired tear gas to break up hundreds of anti-World Cup protesters outside Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium, where Colombia and Uruguay were playing a World Cup knock-out-stage match. (AFP)
  • Caribbean Region: William Brownfield, assistant US Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, stated that the U.S. is concerned about disturbing increases in drugs flowing through the Caribbean over the past three years. (Miami Herald)
  • Cuba: New foreign investment law went into effect in a bid to attract more international capital for development. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: At least 82 people, including 50 civilians, have died and thousands have been displaced in more than a week of clashes between Taliban militants and security forces in four volatile districts in the country’s south, officials said. (DPA)
  • China: Following recent terrorist attacks in the country, Beijing’s security chief called for more firearms training for SWAT officers patrolling the city. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: At least three people were killed and five others injured in a firing at a passenger van in northwest Pakistan, local media reported. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: Security authorities said they have issued a terror alert in the country’s southern Mindanao region due to the “possible infiltration” of terrorists. (Kyodo)

 

EUROPE

  • Ukraine: President Poroshenko has enlisted support from the leaders of Germany and France for a call to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a ceasefire deadline looms and after pro-Russian rebels released more European monitors. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Crimea’s First Deputy Prime Minister Mikhail Sheremet claimed about 300 refugees from the country’s south-eastern regions come to Crimea every day. (Itar-Tass)
  • United Kingdom: Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond cited former Luxembourg PM Juncker’s nomination to be the next president of the European Commission as evidence small states wield significant influence in European politics. (Telegraph)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Defense Ministry reports the first batch of the Sukhoi combat aircrafts has arrived in Iraq from Russia; expected to enter service against ISIS rebels within days. (BBC)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israel carried out airstrikes on militant targets in the Gaza Strip after a rocket attack, the military said, as Israeli Foreign Minister Lieberman suggested it consider reoccupying the Hamas-ruled territory to stop the increasing rocket fire. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: King Abdulaziz Al Saud promised to combat terrorists and extremists in his Ramadan message to his people. (AlArabiya)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cuba: A team of Google executives, including Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, is visiting to promote open Internet, according to a dissident blogger. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 4E
    • 365mi SW of Manzanmillo, Mexico
    • Winds: 35mph
    • Movement: WNW at 14mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes:
    • 134km ESE of Iwo Jima, Japan
      • Magnitude: 6.2
      • Depth: 43km
      • Map
    • 160km NNW of Visokoi Island, South Atlantic Ocean
      • Magnitude: 7.2
      • Depth: 15km
      • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mayon Volcano, Albay, Philippines
    • Spewing white smoke
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 599 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
      • Deaths: 339 (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 26JUN: 820 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 26JUN: 286 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (30JUN)

  • Azerbaijan: Foreign Minister Elmar Mammedyarov will pay an official visit to China (to 02JUL)
  • Brazil: Parties to elect presidential candidates
  • China and Russia: The first China-Russia Exposition – a bilateral event on trade and cooperation – to take place

 

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